The complex designed by Frankfurt architecture firm Schneider + Schumacher is situated right on the shores of the Main. The five office blocks – whose striking façades are made of anodised aluminium – are interconnected by glass bridges. The buildings themselves have almost 15,000 m² of office space, while the three-level base structure houses a car park and several dining establishments.
Soaring skywards behind the buildings is the western heating plant, which today continues to be supplied with coal from the riverside. A noiseless conveyor belt also runs to the power plant through the WESTHAFEN PIER. An unusual crane unloads the ships using an Archimedes screw inside its jib – placing the finely ground coal on the belt.
The structure’s architecture was part of Germany’s entry for the 10th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in the category “Cities. Architecture and Society” in 2006.